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MEASURING
AGILITY
COURSE TIMES
As part of the recent review into
the grading structure and
method of progression in agility,
the Agility Liaison Council will be
discussing the application of
course times at its next meeting.
In the meantime, all judges are
encouraged to calculate course times using
the guidance matrix which is listed below
and available on the Kennel Club website,
at
www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/605.
The course time is set by the judge and
consideration should be given to weather
and ground conditions.
The following is a guideline (metres per
second):
Grade 1
Agility: 2 to 2.5m ..............Jumping: 2.5 to 3m
Grade 2
Agility: 2.5 to 3m ..............Jumping: 3 to 3.5m
Grade 3
Agility: 2.75 to 3.25m ...Jumping 3.5 to 3.75m
Grade 4
Agility: 3 to 3.5m ........Jumping: 3.75 to 4.25m
Grade 5
Agility: 3.5 to 3.75m .....Jumping: 3.75 to 4.5m
Grade 6
Agility: 4 to 4.75m.............Jumping: 4.5 to 5m
Grade 7
Agility: 4.5 to 5.25m .....Jumping: 4.75 to 5.5m
COURSE LENGTH / METRES
PER SECOND = COURSE TIME
(It is recommended that course times are
given to the nearest whole second.)
As an example, if a course is 146 metres
long and you are judging a Grade 3
Jumping Class and decide to set your
speed at 3.5 metres per second the
calculation would be:
146 / 3.5 = 41.714
Therefore your course time would be 42
seconds
The course should be measured using a
measuring wheel along the dog
s
anticipated optimum path.
It is usual for a dog to be allowed to
continue once it has been eliminated, but
it is permissible, and sometimes necessary,
for the handler to be asked to leave the
ring once the course time has been
reached, and this should be stated during
briefing.